South Dakota Executive Director Tony Post is on a roll! Below is a new press release from the SD GOP:
SDGOP Calls on U.S. Attorney to Investigate Senator Johnson Staffer for Hatch Act Violations
PIERRE- South Dakota Republican Party officials are calling on U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson to launch a full investigation into potential violations of federal law by a senior staffer for Senator Tim Johnson.
“U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson should immediately begin an investigation into a possible violation of federal law that occurred this week when a senior staffer for Senator Johnson attended a campaign event as a potential candidate for federal office while still on the government payroll,” said SDGOP Executive Director Tony Post.
Matt Varilek, a senior staffer for Senator Tim Johnson who earns approximately $90,000 per year, reportedly attended a Democratic Party rally in Mitchell this week where he delivered vitriolic campaign-style personal attacks against Rep. Kristi Noem. Varilek has said he is looking at possibly challenging Noem. He has also recorded a campaign-style video for a ‘Draft Varilek’ website.
“South Dakotans have a right to know whether their hard-earned tax dollars are being used to subsidize a nascent political campaign. Varilek needs to immediately come clean with expense records showing that he has not violated the Hatch Act, which puts restrictions and prohibitions on federal government employees from certain political activities.”
Brendon Johnson received his appointment to the U.S. Attorney position with the help of his father, Senator Tim Johnson.